David Kirby is a vice president and senior fellow at the Cato Institute. His research interests include libertarian voters, public opinion, and field experiments in political campaigns. David’s publications include “The Libertarian Vote,” “The Libertarian Vote in the Age of Obama,” and “The Libertarian Roots of the Tea Party.” His writing has appeared in Politico, Roll Call, National Review, Tech Central Station, and Human Events, and his research has been cited in The Economist, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Times, National Review, and National Journal. Before joining Cato, David served as vice president of public opinion and data analysis at FreedomWorks, campaign executive director for the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University, and executive director of America’s Future Foundation. In his misspent youth, he interned for Senator Ted Kennedy. David holds a master’s in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. A college debater, he also has a bachelor’s degree in rhetoric from Bates College.

More from David Kirby


More Data on Libertarian Roots of Tea Party

Huffington Post. August 14, 2012.

Ron Paul and the Tea Party Playbook

Politico. August 10, 2012.

Tea Party’s Other Half

Politico.com. October 28, 2010.

Cato Studies

Libertarian Roots of the Tea Party

Policy Analysis No. 705. August 6, 2012.

The Libertarian Vote in the Age of Obama

Policy Analysis No. 658. January 21, 2010.

The Libertarian Vote

Policy Analysis No. 580. October 18, 2006.

Cato Reviews & Journals

Libertarian Voters in 2004 and 2006

Policy Report. January/February 2007.